First impressions can be lasting, or fleeting. I don’t know which it will be with my first imipression of The Pilot’s new online design, but overall I like it.
It is visually handsome and easy to navigate, reminiscent of the old Virginian-Pilot of my youth, in the sense of being discreetly formal.
I won’t miss the Comments feature. My very first post there more than 10 years ago was greeted with unsavory howls, and the onslaught of irrational opprobrium never let up. Good riddance.
I notice the secondary material that now foots a letter to the editor appears to be endlessly long. I tried scrolling to the very last entry, finding a mixture of sponsored content and Pilot stories all the way down. My patience gave out before the interminable list did. I suspect the entire Internet may be lurking in the unexplored reaches, a miracle of the new design.
I do miss the Editorial Cartoon at the top of the Commentary page. Perhaps it will return, or perhaps it will continue only as a special feature of the print edition.
No matter. On the whole The Pilot has done itself proud. The editors have restored a sense of quality which can justify self-respect.